What is the difference between Brahman and Eeswara? Who is Datta? Brahman is pure aw
  • dattaswami September 2009
    What is the difference between Brahman and Eeswara? Who is Datta?

    Brahman is pure awareness. You can attain peace and bliss by becoming Brahman, which is your self itself. If you detach from the body and feel that you are Brahman you can attain peace and bliss. But you should remain in peace and bliss thinking that you are pure awareness even if you are beaten in the hell. Such detachment is essential. Eeswara means Lord Datta who appears peaceful and as if having the bliss. He donates His peace and bliss to His devotees and does not enjoy the peace and bliss internally. Veda says the same (Esha Hyeva Anandayati).

    Datta means sacrifice and not enjoyment. He takes the fruits of all the sins of His real devotees and is a ocean of unhappiness internally. He alone can come as human incarnation in this world. Any living being is Brahman because the pure awareness is present in any living being. The peace and bliss are to be attained by the grace of Eeswara only, even in this stage of self-knowledge as said by Sankara (Eeswaraanugraha Deva).

    Otherwise you can become just the pure awareness only by Advaita. The pure awareness may be associated with peace and bliss when you are sitting in the meditation by the grace of Eeswara or may be associated with unhappiness and disturbance while you are beaten in the hell. Therefore Eeswara is the final goal and not the Brahman, since Brahman is already achieved by any living being.

    Even a worm in the drainage water has already achieved the Brahman. The path towards Eeswara is full of sacrifice because the very nature of Eeswara (Datta) is sacrifice. As you achieve more and more sacrifice you are practically becoming more and more Datta.